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Monday, 02/03/2014, 07:34 pm

Mousasi is hopeful that a win over the “The Dragon” will result in a title shot


Former DREAM light heavyweight champion, Gegard Mousasi (34-3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) , is hopeful that a win over the “The Dragon” at next weekends ‘UFC Fight Night 36′ event will result in a middleweight title shot.

That’s what the “Dreamcatcher” told Ariel Helwani during his recent appearance on ‘The MMA Hour’:

“Getting the chance to fight Machida, I’m excited. Maybe I can get the chance to fight for the title after this because there is not many contenders at middleweight at this moment, I believe. So, at this moment, I’m more excited and this is a fight I cannot lose. I must win, and this is the mentality going into the fight.”

Mousasi won his UFC debut in April, this after coming over from the Strikeforce promotion. He defeated Ilir Latifi, who was a late fill-in for an injured Alexander Gustafsson, in the main event of the Swedish fight card.

The “Dreamcatcher” now puts his impressive mixed martial arts record on the line against former UFC light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida. “The Dragon” made his middleweight debut in October with a knockout victory over Mark Munoz.

The “UFC Fight Night 36″ event takes place on Saturday February 15, live from arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1.

Who do you have winning this key middleweight bout Penn Nation, and do you see the winner getting to fight the winner of May’s Belfort vs. Weidman fight? Sound off!

By Chris Taylor

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10 Comments to Mousasi is hopeful that a win over the “The Dragon” will result in a title shot

  1. Ben says:

    the guy has had one fight in the ufc and he’s already asking for a title shot come on you earn your shot
    yes a win over the dragon would be great but it would have to be an impressive win,dana won’t let what he thinks could be a boring fight onto a PPV that doesn’t sell tickets

    • Yo B says:

      Lesnar had 2 wins in the UFC and got a title shot.

    • Xaninho says:

      Gilbert Melendez got an immediate titleshot.

    • The Guesterizer says:

      Um yeah the guys replying are pretty correct…..

    • NINES says:

      Gegard can become a great champ in this division but giving him the title shot if he wins is just a little bit too soon.. There are a lot of fighters who worked their way up the ranks and it would be unfair if he skips this process just because he won against a great fighter like Machida. Maybe a 2 or 3 impressive fight from the top 5 then will he get a title shot..

  2. Xaninho says:

    Well when you beat the #2 contender I guess it’s fair you take his spot en become the #2. That being said, I do think Mousasi is legit and he has a chance but we’re talking about the reinvented Machida fighting in a weightclass that suits him way better than the 205 division. I’m a fan of both, so it is going to be a great fight hopefully and may the best man win.

    • NINES says:

      I agree.. Mousasi is more than legit, He is capable of taking anyone out. This is a very very interesting fight… Both fighters, has sick reflexes, very calm and studies their opponents well.. They’re both cerebral, and this will be a tactical fight others may consider this boring but this is how masters should battle out..

  3. seminalcacti says:

    he’s already lost the match by looking past machida. He’s already thinking title match after he beats someone that he hasn’t fought yet.

  4. Brandon Canterbury says:

    This is going to be a fantastic fight. I am 50/50 on this fight if I had to pick a winner I would go with Mousasi but I don’t know why lol. On paper this fight is very tough for both men gonna be a good one. On the other hand Belfort shouldn’t be getting a title shot (or any fights in the UFC for that matter) he is a cheater, I won’t watch it and if he becomes champ it discredits the sport.

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